Prosymna ornatissima Barbour & Loveridge, 1928

Ornate shovel-snout



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1928 or before?

Rediscovered in 2007

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania


Biology & Ecology










Burgess, N. and Doggart, N. 2004. Update on the Status of Forests and Biodiversity Values in the Uluguru Mountains. Uluguru Mountains Biodiversity Conservation Project (UMBCP) / Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST).

Burgess, N., Lovett, J. and Mhagama, S. 2000. Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management in the Eastern Arc Mountains (Draft Paper for Dr. Felician Kilahama and the GEF Eastern Arc Strategy).

Doggart, N., Lovett, J., Mhoro, B., Kiure, J. and Burgess, N. 2004. Biodiversity surveys in the Forest Reserves of the Uluguru Mountains Part I: An overview of the biodiversity of the Uluguru Mountains. Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST).

Gower, David J., Loader, Simon P. and Wilkinson, Mark. (2004). Assessing the conservation status of soil‐dwelling vertebrates: Insights from the rediscovery of Typhlops uluguruensis (Reptilia: Serpentes: Typhlopidae). Systematics and Biodiversity 2(1): 79-82. [Abstract]

Menegon, M. and Spawls, S. (2015). Prosymna ornatissima. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. ( Downloaded on 25 June 2015.

Spawls, S., Howell, K.M., Drewes, R.C. and Ashe, J. 2002. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, Elsevier Science, San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Boston, London.


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